Co-axial creator George Daniels passes away

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Watchmaker’s final collection with Roger W. Smith will still go ahead.

British watchmaker George Daniels, who has often been described as one of the world’s greatest horologists, has died aged 85 at his home in England.

Daniels was most famous for creating the co-axial escapement in 1976, which while believed to be the most significant development in watchmaking for 250 years was not picked up commercially until 1999 by Omega. He was also one of the few watchmakers left who could make a timepiece entirely by hand.

During his career Daniels created 35 haute horlogerie timepieces and received a CBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list last year, becoming the only watchmaker to ever receive the honour Master Watchmaker for services to horology.

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Daniels was also wrote a book of his memoirs called All In Good Time, which was published in September last year.

He continued to work right up until his death and was in the process of a collaboration with fellow British watchmaker Roger W. Smith on a collection of 35 watches to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his co-axial movement. The plan was to release eight watches this year and then subsequently 10 a year thereafter.

A spokesperson for Roger W. Smith told Professional Jeweller that this project will continue to go ahead.

Daniels was always a strong champion of mechanical watches. In an interview with The Independent last year he said: "It’s an art form in itself. When you consider the mechanical watch, it has historic, intellectual, technical, aesthetic, amusing and useful qualities. That is a lot to find in a small package."

 

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